This Man Was Lost At Sea For 438 Days. His Epic Story Will Astonish You

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On a tiny, remote island in the Pacific Ocean, a wild and ragged man stumbles ashore. As rescuers begin to cluster around him, it’s clear that he’s been at sea for a very long time. But as José Salvador Alvarenga’s story begins to unfold, few can believe the epic journey that’s taken him some 6,700 miles from home.

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On November 17, 2012, Alvarenga was preparing to leave the village of Costa Azul in Chiapas, Mexico, for a fishing trip. Usually, his friend Ray Perez went with him, but that day Perez was unable to make it. Instead, Alvarenga asked 22-year-old local soccer player to go in Perez’s place.

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Ezequiel Córdoba and Alvarenga had never chatted before, let alone work together. But the fisherman promised him $50, and Córdoba agreed. Together, they left Costa Azul aboard Alvarenga’s 25-foot fishing boat. For the next 30 hours, they planned to fish for sharks, sailfish and marlins in the deep ocean.

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